- Abundant dry-season game viewing
- Tranquil waterside location
- Wide range of activities
Linyanti Bush Camp is a small, traditional tented camp situated on the banks of the Linyanti Marshes within the Chobe Enclave, a private concession bordering the vast Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. Easily accessible by air via the nearby Saile airstrip, the camp’s location within the private reserve ensures much lower vehicle congestion than in the main national park.
The Linyanti Marshes are the main water source for this region, attracting an impressive diversity of wildlife, particularly during the May/Oct dry season. Large herds of elephant and buffalo are frequently spotted, along with lion, leopard, hippo, crocodile, wild dog, sable and roan. The area boasts spectacular birdlife all year round.
Shaded by trees, the camp’s wood and canvas main building is comfortably and traditionally furnished. Guest areas comprise lounge, bar, and dining area, all with sweeping views of the wetlands. A pleasant campfire area overlooks the water, and there is a modest swimming pool. Meals are served communally, either indoors or by the fire, and special diets can be accommodated. Electrical charging points are available in the main area.
Activities include day and night game drives, guided walks, game viewing from hides, and bird watching. Fishing (catch and release), boating excursions, and mokoro canoe safaris are available, water levels permitting. Between April and November, guests can take to the skies in an exhilarating half hour helicopter excursion.
Guest accommodation comprises six well-appointed, Meru-style canvas tents. Each unit contains either one double or two single beds fitted with mosquito nets, plus bedside tables and lamps, a comfortable sofa, clothes storage and luggage rack, and a writing desk with chair. All tents have an ensuite bathroom with fixed shower, hand basin with hot and cold running water, and flush toilet. Outside is a private veranda and seating with tranquil views.
Children aged seven and over are warmly welcome and an additional bed may be requested to accommodate up to three family members (including at least one adult) per tent. Note that families with children under 12 years of age must book a private vehicle for game drives at additional cost. However, families numbering five or more are automatically allocated a private vehicle, free of charge. Although there is a minimum age restriction of 16 years for guided walks, nature walks around camp provide a good alternative. The camp is unfenced and wild animals, including elephants, do wander through, so parental supervision is essential at all times.
With its peaceful waterside location, relaxed atmosphere and variety of activities, Linyanti Bush Camp is a great option for those seeking a reasonably priced and authentic safari experience.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019